Be an Urban Weed Wacker

Be A Park Hero

Habitat Restoration Team & Aim High Outdoor Education Internship

The Habitat Restoration Team (HRT) is a National Park Service volunteer program established in 1988. The HRT’s goal is to engage the community members to help preserve, restore and maintain the natural diversity and beauty of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, located just north of San Francisco, CA.


HRT’s main focus is to control invasive non-native plants and restore native plant communities north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This work is accomplished through the weekly participation of many volunteers. The internship involves weekly participation in the volunteer program at the Tennessee Valley native plant nursery and the Sunday restoration workdays located in the Marin Headlands. The internship also involves the seasonal volunteer Invasive Plant Patrol Program conducted throughout the park.


Aim High provides underserved urban youth with challenging, innovative and highly supportive educational programs. The goal of Aim High is to ensure that our students are well prepared for success in school, have a deep appreciation for community, and are aware of the issues – personal, local and environmental - that affect their lives.


The mission of the Aim High Headlands Environmental Home (AH-HEH) is to provide Aim High students with hands-on experiences fostering environmental awareness, personal growth, interpersonal understanding, and ultimately a stewardship ethic to carry into all areas of life.


For this internship you will be expected to work with the Aim High Headlands Environmental Home Program 1.5 days per week both preparing for and leading field days with the students and with the Habitat Restoration Team for the remaining 3.5 days.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

  • Planning and assisting with leading of student/volunteer workdays
  • Training new volunteers and students in plant identification and control methods
  • Leading and conducting invasive plant control work
  • Assisting with propagation and collection of native plant material
  • Conducting tool cleaning and maintenance
  • Record keeping and updating the field work database

KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS DESIRED

  • Strong commitment to the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities on public lands
  • Strong desire to work with students ages 12-15, including at risk youth
  • Education or experience in biological sciences particularly plant biology, ecology or horticulture and middle school or outdoor education
  • Experience working with or leading students/groups and the desire and ability to supervise, train and inspire others
  • Ability to work outdoors in varying climate, on steep slopes and carry up to 30 lbs
  • A valid driver’s license and a safe/clean driving record

BENEFITS

  • This is a full time position with free dorm-style housing and out of pocket expenses compensation of $125/week.
  • The work schedule is Sunday – Thursday, 40 hours/week. Ten months to one year commitment required.
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